D-F Kiwanis Piscataquis River Race postponed to May 26

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — Due to unsafe water levels on the Piscataquis River with a lot of debris flowing in the water, the 2018 Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Piscataquis River Race has been postponed from April 28 to Saturday, May 26. Plans are for the 46th annual event to also start at 10 a.m. on the new date — with registration beforehand — as paddlers will travel from King Cummings Park in Guilford down to Dover-Foxcroft across the West Main Street from Foxcroft Academy.

In a post on Facebook, club officials said safety is a big priority and “this is a family race and we don’t want anyone to get hurt.”

Joe Siccardi of the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis wrote on Facebook, “After discussions with EMA and EMS, it has been determined the heavy rains make the river too dangerous to go forward with the event. The finish line landing area is under water and there is much debris floating on the surface of the river. Tom Capraro, EMA director, says the flood watch is through Saturday at 4 p.m. With warmer temperatures predicted for Saturday and additional snow runoff Tom feels the water may rise to an even higher level. MACKRO and all local organizations involved in the race have been contacted and there will be a public service announcement.”

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